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6/29/2015

I'm currently working on a large-scale work for the soprano Ellisabeth Halliday and the Hartford Independent Chamber Orchestra entitled, ...but in this dark night I am stationary and time is a river: The Diary of Agnes Williams. Yes, it's quite the mouthful, and it's giant, at least 30 minutes long. It will be premiered this coming October and I'll keep you updated as we get closer. I'm nearly done with the first draft and have just recently settled on the title (although with it being so long you'd think I couldn't settle on anything...). More to come as the process continues!

5/29/2015

Wow, it's been almost a year since my last post here. Sorry again for the long breaks. Lots has happened in the past year, including a wonderful performance recently by David Tayloe and Marko Stuparevic of A Page Out of Zen, and a performance last December of What we talk about when we talk in 140 characters by The Hartford Independent Chamber Orchestra.

This coming week I'll be in Buffalo for June in Buffalo and will hear the official premier of Souvenirs/Miniatures for piano trio. And this coming fall HICO will premiere a new, large work for chamber orchestra and soprano. Stay tuned for more info about that.

8/22/2014

Sorry it's been so long since an update...but having a baby is often exhausting. Tonight my music will be played for the second time in Bolivia (the first being last Friday) and in September a new work will be premiered in Illinois. It's a quiet time right now but I have a lot of simmering projects that will hopefully take off. So keep your eyes on this page!

4/9/2014

Ryan Jesperson.com has been completely redesigned! With the rise of phones and tablets I felt that this site needed to keep up. And why not go all out if I'm going to do some redesigning? Check it out, let me know if you find any bugs, typos, or other mistakes...and I'll keep working on it to make it even better.

3/24/2014

A slight site redesign and some good news! Kathleen Winters (who is commissioning me for a new work) received a grant from the Urbana Public Arts Commission to help fund our project! The new work for flute, viola, and harp will be premiered next fall in Illinois.

The Asylum Quartet was recently featured on WNPR's "Where We Live". I am currently working on a commission for them as well that will be premiered this summer. As a special treat, I arranged the "Where We Live" theme song for them. The producers have now asked them to record it in the studio so they can use it occasionally on the air.

3/14/2014

My daughter just turned 8 months old and is currently sleeping on my chest, so updating a website takes a little longer than it used to... There are many new concerts to announce and works on the way. Keep an eye on the site and I'll be putting up new recordings and videos soon.

8/24/2013

If you are in Wilton on Oct. 6th come hear Joey Abad and Marko Stuparevic perform Icarus at the Wilton Public Library. More details for the concert can be found at www.ctcomposers.org.

Also, please welcome Amelie Margaret Jesperson! She was born July 13th, 2013.

6/20/2013

A couple new works have been added to the site, and a new video of fragments and memories performed by Jordan Jacobson and HICO. Now it's time to head toward hibernation. I'll be away until after my daughter is born, but hopefully will have new stuff to post in the late summer. See you on the other side.

5/1/2013

New recordings are up! Icarus, fragments and memories (Jordan Jacobson and HICO), and selections from Getz Going (Sheri Brown and the West End String Quartet) can be found in the classical recordings section HERE. More recordings are coming, and lots of performances this summer. Stay tuned.

Videos throughout the website:

Live Performances:

fragments and memories - trombone and chamber orchestra
Words for the Dead - chamber opera
Clown - musical
Pretentious [Title] - chamber ensemble
I Await Your Urgent Response - four players

Film:

Now Watch Me Become - a film by Dylan Bell
Precambria - animation by Spencer Musser

Current Projects:

Songs of Shelley
A new work for violin and percussion
A new work for HICO
A new work for 016

Upcoming Performances

October 10th, 2015: but in this dark night I am stationary and time is a river will be premiered by Elisabeth Halliday and The Hartford Independent Chamber Orchestra.

June 6th, 2015: Souvenirs/Miniatures will be premiered at June in Buffalo.

May 14th, 2015: David Tayloe and Marko Stuparevic will premier A Page Out of Zen in West Hartford, CT as part of ACF's "Composers Night Out".

April 4th, 2015: Caitlin Yovino will premier le mieux, for solo clarinet and tape, in Hartford, CT.

March 8th, 2015: Elisabeth Halliday, with Rachel Gawell, and Zach Herchen will perform Ephemeral Moments: from an opera in Lexington, MA.

February 15th, 2015: Elisabeth Halliday, with Rachel Gawell, and Zach Herchen will perform Ephemeral Moments: from an opera in Jersey City, NJ.

February 14th, 2015: Elisabeth Halliday, with Rachel Gawell, and Zach Herchen will premier Ephemeral Moments: from an opera at the National Opera Center in New York City.

December 6th, 2014: The Hartford Independent Chamber Orchestra will premier What We Talk About When We Talk in 140 Characters.

Oct. 15th, 2014: The Asylum Quartet will perform portions of For Sounds in Winter Nights at the Boston Athenaeum.

Oct. 15th, 2014: Brenda Fedoruk, Julia Nolan, and Jane Hayes will perform Hebdomas Squatinae [Shark Week] at the University of British Columbia.

September 28th, 2014: Nøkken, Draugen, for fl, vla, and harp will be performed in Urbana, Illinois.

September 27th, 2014: Nøkken, Draugen, for fl, vla, and harp will be premiered in Urbana, Illinois.

August 22nd, 2014: Cuatros Puntos will be performing Hebdomas Squatinae in Cochabamba, Bolivia.

August 15th, 2014: Cuatros Puntos will be performing Hebdomas Squatinae in Tarija, Bolivia.

July 29th-Aug. 3rd, 2014: The Asylum Quartet will perform portions of For Sounds in Winter Nights at the Traverse City Film Festival in TC. MI.

July 29th-Aug. 3rd, 2014: The Asylum Quartet will perform portions of For Sounds in Winter Nights at Interlochen Ctr. for the Arts.

July 21st, 2014: The Asylum Quartet will perform portions of For Sounds in Winter Nights at the Newport Music Festival in Newport, RI.

July 10th, 2014: The Asylum Quartet will perform portions of For Sounds in Winter Nights at the Thomas Crane Publi Lib. in Quincy, MA.

June 19th, 2014: The Asylum Quartet will perform portions of For Sounds in Winter Nights at the Int. Festival of Arts and Ideas in New Haven, CT.

May 9th, 2014: The Asylum Quartet will premiere the complete For Sounds in Winter Nights as part of a multimedia show in Manchester, CT.

May 2nd, 2014: ensemble mise-en will perform The Women of Leopold Bloom in Boston, MA.

April 25th, 2014: The Asylum Quartet will perform portions of For Sounds in Winter Nights in Plainville, CT.

April 13th, 2014: Shark Week II: The Return of the Sharknado will be premiered by the Verismo Trio in Wyoming.

April 13th, 2014: The Asylum Quartet will perform portions of For Sounds in Winter Nights at the Hooker-Dunham Theater in Chepachet, RI.

April 4th, 2014: The Asylum Quartet will perform portions of For Sounds in Winter Nights at the Hooker-Dunham Theater in Battleboro, VT.

March 30th, 2014: The Asylum Quartet will perform portions of For Sounds in Winter Nights in Vernon, CT.

March 20th, 2014: Oboe Duo Agosto will perform Various Techniques at Capital Community College in Hartford, CT.

January 30th, 2014: Nathaniel Edison and the Santa Rosa CC Band will perform Icarus in Santa Rosa, CA.

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